Champagne is typically the first choice for parties and celebrations. However, when you’re hosting, you may find yourself wondering just what appetizers to pair with this bubbly beverage. Don’t despair! This is not just a great party wine! It is actually one of the most versatile when it comes to pairing with foods.
The term ‘champagne’ simply means ‘sparkling wine’, so there is a lot leeway when it comes to shopping for a beverage, and its companion appetizers, at your next party. Whether it be a sparkling rose, a sparkling white, a brut champagne or true Champagne from that region of France, you can’t miss with the following suggested pairings:
Antipasto simply means ‘before the meal’ and is the traditional first course of an Italian meal. Traditional antipasto includes such delights as cured meats, olives, cheeses and vegetables in oils. A table laid with these will complement a delicious dry sparkling champagne.
Cheeses and Breads
Or, you may want to complement your rich sparkling rose champagne with gourmet cheeses and breads. Think soft, spreadable cheeses as well as chunks of cheese your guests can add to a plate alongside crackers or breadsticks.
A light champagne for a feisty party pairs well with spicy bite sized quesadillas or even a mini taco bar. Quesadillas have a great flavor and the champagne will not overpower them; it is a great match!
For a summer party, perhaps an outdoor fete, grilled appetizers are the way to go. Champagne is light and airy, and your appetizers will be, too. Grilled chicken satay, grilled steak kebabs, or simply some jumbo grilled shrimp may do the trick.
Another light appetizer choice is vegetables. No, not a boring vegetable tray, although, you may certainly add one of those to any spread. But, in this case, thing stuffed peppers, stuffed mushrooms, asparagus rolls, tomatoes stuffed with goat cheese, grilled cauliflower bites, artichoke and spinach dip, and perhaps even cucumber sandwiches! Again, light fair to complement your light, airy beverage choice!
Flat Bread Pizzas
Finally, why not have a pizza party? A serve yourself pizza party is fun to prepare, fun to serve and fun to eat! Pizza goes great with anything, especially champagne! Find small flatbreads or mini crusts for your guests (even wraps will do) and allow them to add their favorite toppings, which you will have spread out for them. Pizza is everyone’s favorite, and it puts everyone in a good mood. Add it to champagne and you have a perfect party!